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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Ultra-ultralight laptop

Last month I thought my principal choices for an ultra-ultralight laptop (as close to 2 lbs. as possible) were the IBM Thinkpad X40 and the Panasonic Toughbook W2. But the Thinkpad X40 doesn't have a touchpad, and the W2 has limited RAM and a built-in optical drive, which I don't particularly care about and which therefore just adds unwanted weight.

The resolution? I got a Toshiba R100 instead. Don't know how I initially overlooked it, except perhaps that it just wasn't being reviewed as much. In any case, what a gem -- 12.x" screen, very spacious keyboard, and it weighs 2.2 lbs. (sic) with one battery or, with a second battery that gives a total of 6.5 hours of uptime, 3.03 lbs. Extraordinary.

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